Trip participants will learn about the history and present reality of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland (“The Troubles”), will meet with faith leaders and community members involved in peacemaking efforts, and will connect with local expressions of Christianity and spirituality that support peacemaking. All of this will be done by an intergenerational group aimed at building rich relationships that will support reflection and faith formation during the trip and long after.
Learn about the impact of Ireland's religious, political, and ethnic conflict as a way to understand conflict in our own context;
Explore the gospel imperative to work for peace and reconciliation and visit Christian communitites engaged in peacemaking, to receive their stories;
Visit places and people who will help the group connect with Celtic spirituality and the power that it holds for us today;
Reflect on opportunities and challenges for peacebuilding in their own settings, including across the generations in our own community;
Enjoy the natural beauty of Ireland, the hospitality of local communities, and the rich culture (including through modern media, readings, and music).
The group will visit Dublin, Belfast, Ballycastle, Corrymeela, the Giant's Causeway, and Derry.
Local leadership will be provided by Rev. Bill Shaw, Director of 174 Trust, the staff and volunteers of the Corrymeela Community, and peace and civil rights activists in Derry. Overnight accommodations will be in hotels and various country bed and breakfast locations.
Rev. Hardy Kim and Rev. Karin Kennedy Hejmanowski. Trip participants will offer leadership for specific portions as their gifts allow.
Nature of trip
Mission study, peacemaking, cultural and spiritual exploration.
Youth group (teenagers and older) to 80+
Total cost per participant of $2,150 - subsidized by SVPC budget and member gifts. Final cost to register and participate (covers all travel, lodging, meals): $500
January 29, 2024. (No longer taking applications.)